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How Dog Lovers Sparked Laws That Could Save Kids in Hot Cars

This year, at least five states have enacted laws to protect bystanders from being sued for breaking a car window to rescue a child in an emergency.

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Can Cities Master Their Garbage With Better Design?

A band of architects and city planners insist that trash shouldn’t be a permanent feature of urban topography.

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Some of Amazon’s Suitors Have Been Burned Before

More than a hundred cities and states are competing for Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project, but an analysis of large subsidy packages suggests they should be wary of offering too much.

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California Wildfires Threaten Wine Industry

Businesses that account for the majority of Napa County’s economic output and employ almost half its workers by the thousands are at risk.

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Colorado Ski Towns Look to Fund Mental Health Services by Taxing Pot

Idyllic locales sometimes stigmatize mental illness the most.

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How Likely Is Resilient Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico?

Unlike with other hurricanes, the Trump administration holds all the cards—a good or bad thing depending on how committed it is to preparing the U.S. territory for the next major storm.

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Medicaid Enrollment Growth Is Slowing, But State Spending Is on the Rise

A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of state Medicaid directors takes a close look at the fiscal outlook for the program.

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Technology as a Foundation for Statewide Decisionmaking

Wisconsin CIO David Cagigal talks about how tech is forcing statewide decisions.

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Tracking Down ‘Most Wanted’ Insurance Fraud Suspects

Some state insurance departments say using “Most Wanted” lists can help them find alleged scammers charged with fraud or theft who failed to appear in court.

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What America Is Losing as Its Small Towns Struggle

To erode small-town culture is to erode the culture of the nation.

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Scoring U.S. Cities on Their ‘Reproductive Freedom’

San Francisco earned top marks, according to a new National Institute for Reproductive Health report. Where does your city rate?

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Weak Growth in State Tax Revenue Persists in 2017

Individual state results have differed dramatically depending on economic conditions, population changes and tax policy choices since the recession.

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2M Americans Drink High Levels of Arsenic in Their Well Water

Private wells aren't regulated like public water systems in the U.S.